Bob receives a call from the dispatcher to go to an office building that has a 100-ton system that is water-cooled. With the help of Btu Buddy, he finds that the water level in the cooling tower is low. They check the water fill circuit and discover a kink in the copper pipe.
When you energize a motor, you get two
outputs: a desirable one (work) and one that is not so desirable (heat).
Equipped with this knowledge, you can understand why one of the
criteria you must consider when selecting a motor for an application is the
effect of operating temperatures on that motor.
The temperature is 102° outside. The complaint is from a car dealership. The showroom temperature is 85° and the dealer is having a big sale the next day. Bob finds the a/c unit is already doing all it can. Btu Buddy shows Bob some tricks to get more out of the system.
The chiller maintenance tool that contributes most to a chiller’s overall efficiency is the daily log. An accurate daily log will provide a daily snapshot of the chiller’s operating characteristics and make abnormal conditions easy to spot.
In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob and Btu Buddy meet on another job that has a low charge. This unit has a thermostatic expansion valve (TXV). They determine the evaporator is starved for refrigerant and check to see why.
Noisy indoor unit complaints usually fall into one of six different categories. Problems include a loose, broken, or out of balance blower wheel. Here is a discussion of possible causes and items to check.
In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob goes on a service call to a motel where the chiller has shut down. He finds that both the water tower and the chiller's condenser tubes are dirty and require cleaning.